Some 200 former councillors will share over €5.4 million in severance payments from twelve local authorities. These same Councillors have either retired or lost favour with their electorate, following the recent Local Elections or through the abolition of Borough and Town Councils.
North and South Tipperary recently merged into Tipperary County Council, will make payments, in all, totalling more than €1 million to its former councillors. The bulk of this payment will go to 49 former county and town Councillors who have already reached the age of 50 and who will receive some €891,583 divided between them.
A further 22 former councillors who have not as yet reached their fiftieth year will be entitled to €191,000 between them, based on the amount they were receiving in representational payments. However, these amounts will have to be recalculated on the pay rate in place at the time each councillor eventually reach their fiftieth year.
Severance Payments For Redundant Co Tipperary Councillors
South Tipperary County Council €318,775
Jack Crowe €64,160; Sean Mc Carthy €61,665; Billy Shoer €37,552; Joe O’Donovan €47,705; Liam Ahearne €33,278; Sean Lonergan €33,278; Sylvia Cooney Sheehan €24,535; Tom Acheson €16,603.
North Tipperary County Council €259,200
Denis Ryan €57, 685; Jim Casey €57,685; Billy Clancy €16,603; Eddie Moran €16,603; John Kennedy €37,142; John Rocky Mc Grath €16,603; Pauline Coonan €35,504 and Virginia O Dowd €21,376.
Clonmel Borough Council €78,240
Brian O’Donnell €27,738; Dinny Dunne €24,165; Gabrielle Egan €9,725; Joe Leahy €8,306; Teresa Ryan €8,306.
Templemore Town Council €64,725
Marcus Wilson €14,239; Jim O Shea €12,083; Lily O’ Brien €13,868; Martin Fogarty €4,151; Maura Byrne €4,151; Michael C Ryan €4,151; Michael Connell €12,083.
Tipperary Town Council €49,801
Anna Tuohy Halligan €12,083; Billy Bourke €13,868; Brian Rafferty €4,151; John Wallace €9,702; John P Hartnett €1,680; Mary Swords €8,317.
Cashel Town Council €44,790
Dan Dillon €12,083; Eddie Bennett €12,083; Joe Moloney €16,475; Maribel Wood €4,151.
Thurles Town Council €30,503
John Kenehan €13,868; Michael Grogan €8,317; Noel O’Dwyer €8,317.
Carrick Town Council €24,920
Patsy Fitzgerald €8,317; Margaret Croke €4,151; Martin Henzey €4,151; Pierce O Loughlin €4,151; Richie O Neill €4,151.
Nenagh Town Council €20,628
Tom Mulqueen €13,868; Jimmy Moran €4,151; Tommy Morgan €2,610.
Current Unemployment in Tipperary
The number of people unemployed in Ireland is to fall below one in ten for the first time in years, or so Government funded clairvoyants have recently predicted. Here in Tipperary we usually consider our futures based on the prevailing “Five Senses of Perception,” at any given time, namely; Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell and Touch.
The latest Tipperary Live Register figures, which show a rise in unemployment for the 3rd consecutive month in a row, must therefore be viewed with enormous apprehension.
Some 300 persons joined our lengthening dole queues in all areas of the county, except Cashel (Latter’s register reduced by just one solitary soul) during July, according to the regional figures released by the Central Statistics Office.
Thurles had the biggest increase in persons seeking unemployment benefit, with 109 extra people recorded on the live register; Clonmel had an additional 55; Roscrea had 6; Tipperary Town had 42: Nenagh had 29; Cahir had 47 and Carrick-on-Suir had an additional 23 persons.
Nationally the latest figures show some 11.5% of the workforce are jobless, with slightly over 400,000 people signing on the dole.
Current Commercial Buildings Vacant in Tipperary
Meanwhile, with our Tipperary elected politicians currently on holidays until 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 17th September 2014, we find over a tenth of commercial premises in Tipperary continue to remain vacant. The national vacancy rate increased by 0.7 % from 11.9% to 12.6% between 2013 and 2014.
The latest figures from GeoDirectory shows that of the nine thousand estimated registered business outlets here in Tipperary; over a thousand of them are barren, void and unoccupied, with the vacancy rate continuing to rise during the second three months of the year.
It would appear that our Government’s funded intuitive clairvoyants are having some difficulty when it comes to foreseeing future trends and non-political action beyond the range of natural vision, here in our Premier County of Tipperary.
“To all of the fallen in their silence we offer our own silence, without judgement, and with respect for their ideals, as they knew them,
and for the humanity they expressed towards each other.”
(Extract from the speech by Irish President Michael D Higgins during the dedication of the Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin this week.)
Dublin born author, Mr Tom Burnell, now resident here in Holycross, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, has penned yet another remarkable factual history book; launched just yesterday entitled “Irishmen In The Great War.” Many of our regular readers will be familiar with Tom’s other publications including “The Wicklow War Dead,” and “Tipperary Casualties of the Great War,” and of course his valued assistance through this website in tracing military family members lost in two great wars.
Tom has taken over twenty-seven Irish newspapers for the period covering the Great War (1914-1918) and has trawled through each and every publication to deliver the most amazing stories of those years, which as we now realise changed our world for ever.
While the book is not necessarily just about Co Tipperary it nevertheless does have many Tipperary people mentioned in it, most of whom survived World War1. Names like:- Miss M. J. Fitzgibbon, Corporal Michael O’Mara (Carrick-on-Suir), Sapper James O’Donnell (Carrick-on-Suir), Private W. Roberts (Clonmel), Corporal A.S. Dowling (Tipperary), Corporal Edward Jackson, (Roscrea), Private Robert Walsh (Carrick-on-Suir), Miss Mary F. Doheny, (Carrick-on-Suir), Sergeant Major Drought Jackson (Roscrea), Captain W. Gibson (Brittas Cashel), Cyril Triscott, Dr Wetterell (Tipperary) and Lance Corporal George White (Knockanvar, Cappawhite).
Contained between these hard covers are the fascinating accounts of the day-to-day lives of men in the front lines; of torpedoed ships; drunken wives, final farewell letters and requests direct from the trenches. There are also many eye-witness accounts of the slaughter as it was happening; battle reports from officers serving in Irish regiments; quirky snippets; chaplains’ sympathetic letters; P.O.W reports of conditions and war poetry.
Here are the tales of the Leinster’s, Munster’s, Connaught’s and Dublin Fusiliers serving in the Ulster Division, 10th and 16th Irish Divisions. We read of medical breakthroughs, paranormal occurrences and miraculous escapes from death.
After the Irish Rebellion of April, 1916, these type of newspaper articles and lists of casualty slowly began to dwindle as here at home Irish hearts would became politically divided.
A cracking great read compiled for the very first time into one single publication and offering a memorable primary source for true lovers of Irish History.
An application to have a trial, involving Tipperary TD Mr Michael Lowry, be moved to Dublin, has been made at Clonmel Circuit Court today. Council for the State Remy Farrell made the claim that a jury in Co Tipperary could be biased, objectively or subjectively, having given Deputy Lowry their first preference votes during past General Elections.
Mr Lowry stands accused of four charges of knowingly filing incorrect tax returns on separate dates in 2003 and 2007, charges which he fully denies.
Defence Councillor Mr Patrick Treacy today claimed that the whole case against Mr Lowry was tainted with illegalities, pointing out that personal financial details regarding Mr Lowry’s affairs had been possibly leaked to both national and local media, in the days immediately after Revenue officials raided his home.
Clonmel Circuit Court heard the State claim that Mr Lowry had consistently gotten between one-quarter and one-third of the overall North Tipperary electoral vote in recent state elections and that a great number of his loyal voters in North Tipperary, who would make up the future body of jurors, could therefore be biased, thus it would be a manifest injustice to have the trial heard in Co Tipperary.
Mr Lowry’s legal team claimed that their client had no liability for the alleged taxes sought and that this was backed up by two sets of expert accountants. They also stated that the finances, which are the subject of the four charges, are now the subject of an appeal already forwarded to the Revenue Commissioners.
Judge Mr Thomas Teehan has now withheld his decision, on all submissions, until October 2nd next, before Kilkenny Circuit Court.
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny hand in hand with new Tánaiste Joan Burton have announced details of their Cabinet reshuffle with Tipperary TD Alan Kelly now appointed as the new Minister for Environment and Local Government.
Yesterday’s announcement also saw the promotion of Paschal Donohoe as Minister for Transport, Jan O’Sullivan as Minister for Education and Alex White as Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources. Heather Humphreys replaces Jimmy Deenihan at Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Simon Coveney takes on the Defence portfolio while still remaining as Minister for Agriculture.
Charlie Flanagan will takes over at the Department of Foreign Affairs and James Reilly has been demoted as expected, moving to Children and Youth Affairs, while Leo Varadkar will replace the latter as Minister for Health with Kathleen Lynch still remaining as a junior Minister in Health.
These appointments were formalised by President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday afternoon.
Will Co Tipperary continue to run ‘Cap In Hand’ following the latest Cabinet reshuffle?
Taoiseach Enda Kenny stated during all of this reshuffling that the Government would now increase the overall household benefit package by €100, to compensate for the introduction of water charges. We here in Tipperary wait anxiously to see how this can be achieved and endeavour to understand why, if statement is correct, is it necessary to compensate for water charges when same could be simply reduced by the stated figure of €100.
The Taoiseach also stated that the system of child and income supports would be soon revised to reduce disincentives to persons returning to work, with access to subsidised childcare to be extended. He did not state where these new disincentivising employment opportunities could be located, but did promise an unrelenting focus once again on future job creation.
With newly appointed Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Alan Kelly also gaining a seat on the Government’s front bench, he immediately becomes the first elected TD to do so in this county in over a decade. He will, by accepting his new ministerial duties at the top table, be now expected to look after his county’s flagging interests. His Party here in Tipperary has a major rebuilding struggle ahead, as indicated following a recent disastrous showing in Tipperary local and European elections.
While this new Labour Cabinet Tipperary appointee certainly does not lack personal confidence or indeed personal ambition, Tipperary will now be looking for him to deliver both funding and employment, factors that he and indeed his Fine Gael government colleagues, e.g. Coonan etc, have miserably failed to achieve over the past number of years. His new portfolio as Minister for the Environment and Local Government will certainly continue to attract national criticism given his Labour party’s stance and broken promises, prior to the last General Election, e.g. Introduction of Water Charges.
The hard working yet successful Hidden Tipperary Tourism Group are still waiting very tolerantly, regarding promised confirmation on the Derrynaflan Hoard’s brief vacation to Thurles from Dublin, but time is running out and in view of Mr Kelly’s latest acquired portfolio, their obscured future plans for 2015 now remain further shaded in murkiness.
North Tipperary LEADER Partnership are also waiting next in line, hatchet in hand, as Mr Kelly will be well aware, following the well attended rally held outside of Dáil Eireann on Wednesday July 9th last, addressed by Marian Harkin MEP, Liadh Ní Riada MEP and others.
Regarding Enda Kenny’s promised disincentivising job opportunities, Minister Kelly will be well aware of the latest unemployment figures from the CSO showing that dole queues in Co Tipperary are continuing to grow longer. The IDA’s report for the first six months of the year show that close to 8,000 jobs are being created across Ireland, but none of these promised investments have been allocated to County Tipperary.
Tipperary will wait and monitor, but nevertheless for the time being at least, we heartily congratulate Minister Alan Kelly on his recent success and wish him well in his new roles, both in rebuilding Labour and in successfully gaining his new seat at the Cabinet table.